dubitation

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Late Middle English dubytacion, from Middle French dubitation, from Latin dubitātiō.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) enPR: dyo͞obĭtāʹshən, jo͞ob-, IPA(key): /djuːbɪˈteɪʃən/, /dʒuːbɪˈteɪʃən/
  • (US) enPR: d(y)o͞obĭtāʹshən, IPA(key): /ˌdu.bɪˈteɪ.ʃən/, /ˌdju.bɪˈteɪ.ʃən/
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Noun[edit]

dubitation (usually uncountable, plural dubitations)

  1. (uncountable, archaic) The process of doubting or the state of being in doubt; hesitation, uncertainty.
    • circa 1450, Coventry Mystery Plays, page 67 (Shakespeare Society; published 1841–53):
      I [...] Alle that my progenitouris hath [...] seyn, ffeythfully beleve withowtyn alle dubytacion.
    • 1570, George Buchanan, Chamæleon, page 51:
      The Chamæleon [...] eftir sum dubitatioun come to Striueling.
    • 1867, George MacDonald, Annals of a Quiet Neighbourhood, chapter 32:
      All my dubitation and distress were gone, for I had something to do, although what I could not yet tell.
  2. (countable, obsolete) A thing to be doubted; a matter that calls for doubt.
    • 1545, George Joye, The Exposicion of Daniel the Prophete, chapter 12:
      The trewe inuocacion of God thorow Cryst, thei haue turned it into a dowtfull dubitacion.
  3. (countable) A pang or expression of doubt.
    • 1683, John Pordage (author) and Edward Hooker (editor), Theologica Mystica, or The Mystic Divinitie of the Æternal Invisibles, page 99:
      Altercations, disputations and dubitations of, in and about Mystic Theologie.
    • 1841, Thomas Carlyle, Heroes and Hero Worship, chapter 4:
      [T]he deep earnest soul of the man had fallen into all manner of black scruples, dubitations; he believed himself likely to die soon, and far worse than die.
    • 1864, J[oseph] Sheridan Le Fanu, “An Evil Eye Looks on the Vicar”, in Wylder’s Hand. [], New York, N.Y.: Carleton, [], published 1865, OCLC 2685808, pages 250–251:
      Poor William Wylder had those special troubles which haunt nervous temperaments and speculative minds, when under the solemn influence of religion. [...] These terrors and dubitations are infections.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin dubitātiō.

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Noun[edit]

dubitation f (plural dubitations)

  1. (literary) dubitation: the action of putting in doubt, or a state of doubt
  2. (rhetoric) a figure of speech, a passage in which a writer or speaker expresses or feigns doubt, for example to forestall objections

References[edit]

dubitation” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).


Old French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin dubitātiō.

Noun[edit]

dubitation f (oblique plural dubitations, nominative singular dubitation, nominative plural dubitations)

  1. doubt
    • 1377, Bernard de Gordon, Fleur de lis de medecine (a.k.a. lilium medicine), page 183 of this essay:
      Decy la seconde dubitacion se le lepre est maladie de tout le corps
      From this, the second doubt over whether leprosy is a disease of all the body

Descendants[edit]

  • English: dubitation